George R. Lippert Memorial Award

Recognizing Leadership Among SIA Volunteers

About the George R. Lippert Memorial Award

The George R. Lippert Memorial Award, founded in 1989, is named in honor of George R. Lippert, who dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the security industry and SIA. When evaluating candidates nominated for the award, the SIA Lippert Award Committee considers their long-term service to SIA and the security industry, the impact of their efforts on behalf of SIA and the industry, and their integrity, leadership and diplomacy as demonstrated in industry dealings. The Lippert Award is presented at SIA Honors Night.

2019 George R. Lippert Memorial Award Recipient: Steve Van Till

Steve Van Till

SIA has selected Steve Van Till – co-founder, president and CEO of Brivo – as the 2019 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. Van Till will receive the award during SIA Honors Night on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in New York City.

Van Till – a former SIA Board of Directors and SIA Executive Committee member – serves as chairman of the SIA Standards Committee, which develops, promotes and advocates security industry standards in a coordinated effort with other standards and specification writing bodies. In this role, he has been instrumental in the road map for the SIA standards program as the industry has undergone digital transformation, including identifying and introducing the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) access control communications standard to SIA Standards. In 2017, he was recognized with SIA’s Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award for his commitment to fostering industry collaboration and for advocating for advancements in the industry.

A prominent thought leader and speaker, Van Till has regularly contributed to SIA Technology Insights and the SIA blog, participated as a Securing New Ground and SIA Education@ISC conference speaker, served as an advisor for SIA’s annual Security Megatrends report, supported SIA’s RISE community for young security professionals and served as a liaison between SIA and the International Security Management Association. [See official press release.]

Previous Lippert Award Winners

  • 2018: Pat Comunale
  • 2017: John Stroia
  • 2016: Fredrik Nilsson
  • 2015: Frank De Fina
  • 2014: Gordon Hope
  • 2013: Ray Dean
  • 2012: Bill Bozeman
  • 2011: Steve Roth
  • 2010: Leo Guthart
  • 2009: Alan Forman
  • 2008: Dean Russo
  • 2007: George Fletcher
  • 2006: Allen Fritts
  • 2005: David Avritt
  • 2004: Marc Mineau
  • 2003: Ken Boyda
  • 2002: Joe Hurst
  • 2001: Bill Moody
  • 2000: Bob Cook
  • 1999: Les Gold
  • 1998: Charles Darsch
  • 1997: Craig Leiser
  • 1996: Susan Whitehurst
  • 1995: Ted Nesse
  • 1994: Albert Janigian
  • 1993: Ron Spiller
  • 1992: Lou Fiore
  • 1991: Sandra Jones
  • 1990: Kit Vail
  • 1989: George Lippert (posthumously)